Noah Damron’s review published on Letterboxd:
“Some people are born just to be buried.”
Almost equally airless as it is thrilling, yet I’m practically a magnet for this kind of unapologetic, elevated trash.
This is a dense, multi-layered look at the corruption of faith and the collision of wicked souls in the mid 1960’s with the right amount of sadistic melodrama. The performances are mainly what you’re coming to this for and that’s where this succeeds the most. Everyone is so good it’s hard to truly single out someone but regarding Tom Holland; there’s a viciousness to his performance that I hope we get to see more of in the future. He’s always understated even when he’s performing next to someone whose doing the exact opposite.
There are going to be soooo many compilation videos of Robert Pattinson from this. He devours the scenery like it’s goddamn corn on the cob, and that is a very good thing. I feel like Bill Skarsgard is going to be unfairly overshadowed due to his lack of screen time compared to the rest of the ensemble, but he is absolutely haunting here. This is his most complex work yet and I’ll definitely be putting him on my FYC Supporting Actor list.
I’d rate this film higher if it were more emotionally engaging, but this is still an accomplished piece of work.